It aims to mobilise people with influence such as investors, policy makers, researchers and academics, the business community, the youth, as well as innovators and thinkers into a coalition for collective action to promote and build an enabling environment for innovation in Africa.
AIS hosts regular summits, and engages with African researchers and scholars to undertake case studies to tease out lessons of experience.
The African Innovation Exhibit - also part of the AIS - provides a stage to showcase home-grown innovations and innovators.
AIS “Hackathons” challenges people to come up with solutions to specific problems.
This year's summit takes place from 6 June to 8 June in Kigali, Rwanda.